Arson Attorney in Sacramento, CA

In the state of California, arson penalties are determined based on a variety of criteria, including but not limited to:

  • The type of property involved in the arson
  • If someone was injured in the fire
  • Your criminal history
  • Whether your conviction was for reckless or malicious arson

Punishment for arson can be substantial, including significant time in a state prison or even murder charges if a person is killed. Arson charges are serious and require a skilled lawyer with experience in California arson law.

It is essential that you consult with an adept arson attorney if you are accused of arson of any kind, as both intentional arson and reckless arson can result in felony charges.

Possible Penalties For Arson Charges:

Misdemeanor Reckless Burning:

  • Probation
  • Up to a year in a county jail
  • A fine of up to $1,000

Reckless Burning Or Felony Arson:

  • 16 months-9 years in a state penitentiary
  • Up to $50,000 in fines
  • Possible strike on your criminal record (applied to California’s Three Strikes Law)
  • 16 months-3 years in a state penitentiary, if convicted of attempted arson
  • Fines twice the amount of an anticipated gain if the prosecutor can prove the fire was set for monetary gain

Aggravated Arson

If you are convicted of aggravated arson, you can expect to serve an additional and consecutive sentence of 1-5 years in state prison. Aggravated arson is determined if:

  • You have a previous felony conviction of either reckless or malicious arson
  • Emergency responders suffer great bodily injury due to the fire
  • More than one building was burned during the arson
  • An accelerant or a device to delay the ignition of the fire was used

If the prosecutor is able to prove that the arson was committed with the intent to injure people or property, you may be facing a state penitentiary sentence of ten years to life if the following circumstances apply:

  • You’ve been previously convicted of arson within ten years
  • Inclusive of the cost of suppressing the fire, the arson caused damages in excess of $5,650,000
  • Five or more “inhabited structures” were involved and damaged during the arson

Being convicted of arson charges can carry significant fines and prison time. Jennifer Mouzis is an experienced criminal defense attorney and is well-versed in the most effective tactics that may allow your arson charges to be dismissed or reduced.

Call for your consultation today.